Employers "hopeful that this will allow us to move toward conclusion of an agreement in the near term."
The longshore union says the 'few issues that remain unresolved relate directly to the carriers.'
ILWU says it may take between eight to 10 days to unload a ship because of limits on longshore hiring.
Port director's tenure has seen projects to deepen harbor, raise Bayonne Bridge, expand marine terminals and intermodal rail.
Hueneme CEO says port could offer relief valve for congestion.
Consensus shows better growth than other parts of world.